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Happy Independence Day

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A wonderful quote I'd never seen before, shared by my friend and fellow Catholic freelance writer Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda:

"Whereas nationalism involves recognizing and pursing the good of one's own nation alone, without regard for the rights of others, patriotism, on the other hand, is a love for one's native land that accords rights to all other nations equal to those claimed for one's own. Patriotism, in other words, leads to a properly ordered social love." --Pope John Paul II in Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium (Rizzoli, 2005)

Great food for thought on our country's Independence Day.

Ireland braces for new report on sex abuse

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"A long-awaited report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne is due to be made public within weeks," begins a report today in The Irish Times.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said today the report "is expected to be brought before Cabinet on Tuesday, July 12th and published shortly afterwards" according to the paper. The story says the report on the Cloyne diocese will focus on allegations of child sexual abuse against 19 priests who served there between 1996 and 2009.

Read the entire story here.

View of new texts by an educator with children

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In a parish in New South Wales, a public reading of the new translation of the Confiteor was met with “gales of laughter” by the congregation, according to Melanie Lately, who posted her report and reaction on the website of the Association of Catholic priests.

There may be a funny side to it all (she envisions a scene out of Monty Python) but there’s a serious side, too. This educator and mother of children in Catholic schools wonders if anyone’s thought through the implications of teaching youngsters to repeatedly beat their breasts and utter “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault,” essentially, in her view, pronouncing themselves “inwardly filthy.”

Read the entire post here .

KC bishop questions morality of building nuclear weapons

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Kansas City – St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn July 1 questioned the morality of building new nuclear weapons and modernizing existing ones as he met with a group of local reporters.

The issue is not abstract for local Catholics as the U.S. government is constructing a new nuclear weapons plant south of Kansas City. The plant, which broke ground last September, will produce non-nuclear parts for the nation’s nuclear weapons. It will replace a controversial aging plant that has been making nuclear parts for several decades.

On this day: Sacred Heart

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On this day we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In Haurietis Aquas, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart, Pope Pius XII refutes various objections to the devotion. Some regard it "as a kind of additional practice which each one may take up or not according to his own inclination". Some "see it rather a type of piety nourished not by the soul and mind but by the senses and consequently more suited to the use of women, since it seems to them something not quite suitable for educated men. Moreover there are those who consider a devotion of this kind as primarily demanding penance, expiation and the other virtues which they call 'passive,' meaning thereby that they produce no external results".

Sisters of Mercy elect new leadership team

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Nearly 300 Sisters of Mercy from across North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Guam and the Philippines gathered at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Ill. June 20-30 to pray, discern a direction for the next six years and host a public witness to call attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

On June 29, the Sisters of Mercy elected the new leadership team for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: Patricia McDermott, RSM, president; Eileen Campbell, RSM, vice president; Anne Curtis, RSM; Mary Pat Garvin, RSM; and Deborah Troillett, RSM.

100th anniversary of Maryknoll sees protest for Bourgeois

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Calling attention to the pending removal of Fr. Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, seven activists stood outside a Mass celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the order at its headquarters in New York Wednesday.

The protest came 100 years to the day of the official creation of the order by Pope Pius X.

Bourgeois, who is known for his work as the founder of SOA Watch, received a first warning from Maryknoll superior general Fr. Edward Dougherty in March threatening him with dismissal from the order and laicization by the Vatican if he would not recant his support of women's ordination.

The activist told NCR last week that while he had not yet received the second warning from Dougherty, he was anticipating its arrival "any day." He also said he had been in contact with a canon lawyer and is considering planning a visit to Rome to plead his case.

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers communications manager Mike Virgintino told NCR Friday that because of Bourgeois' retaining of a lawyer, the order has delayed providing a second letter to the priest in order to allow a chance for more dialog.

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